How to Buy a Car at Auction

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Before buying a car at an auction, it's important to understand that the procedures for inspecting vehicles is different at every location. Find out how to communicate to get information about car auctions with help from a certified master mechanic in this free video on car auctions.

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Good afternoon my name is Tom Brintzenhofe, Certified Master Tech out of Redding, PA and today I am going to talk a little bit about how to buy a car at an auction. Now the easiest thing I can tell you is get yourself if you can familiar with somebody that is on that level. A lot of the different options depending on where you go are operated differently, the procedures are a little different when it comes to inspecting vehicles. Some auctions don't let you start them up and drive them around the parking lot and some do but you want to check around at the different auctions if you can get into them whether they are private or they're dealers or they're just a general public operated auction but like I said once you get to an auction if it is public and you have access to it, get there and start talking to some people. They'll tell you what lines you want to be in, who you need to talk to and what the procedures are for buying a vehicle at that particular auction like I said they all vary but the biggest thing is communication there. There are usually tons of people there that can help you out but the first thing you want to do when you get to an auction is you find a vehicle that you are interested in, look it over thoroughly and just keep in mind that it is at the auction for a reason. Most dealers don't want to sell them for one reason or the other or they can't sell them but they usually have some level of problems with them but like I said you might want to check them out thoroughly. Take a mechanic with you if you can or somebody really familiar with cars and look them over real good, play with the radios, the controls anything you can play with at that point in time before you buy it it is a good chance because like I said most of them do have issues and that is why they are at the auction. So just be careful and keep that in mind when you are there and it maybe will save you some headaches later. But that is the easiest way I can tell you on buying a vehicle at an auction.

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